1937, Vol. 2

1937, Vol. 2

by Tommy Dorsey & His OrchestraTommy Dorsey & His Orchestra


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This sixth installment in the Tommy Dorsey chronology opens with Paul Weston's snappy big-band orchestration of "Humoresque" by Antonin Dvorák, including a quote from Stephen Foster's "Old Folks at Home," better known as "Swanee River." For the flip side of this Victor recording, guitarist Carmen Mastren fashioned a lovely arrangement of the famous theme from Dvorák's "Symphony No. 9 in E Minor" and casually rechristened it "Rollin' Home." Crooner Jack Leonard is featured on the next three titles, and although "You're Precious to Me" is one of his least insipid performances on record, it pales considerably when compared with Wingy Manone's soulful version. Relief arrives in a smokin' jam on W.C. Handy's "Beale Street Blues." This marvelous traditional jam scintillates with Dave Tough's cymbal work and the incredible warmth of Bud Freeman's tenor sax solo. Six sides recorded on June 12, 1937, by the Clambake Seven sustain the friendly mood with a succession of catchy studies in small-group swing with vocals by Edythe Wright. The party culminated with "Posin'," a slaphappy stop-action novelty singalong punctuated with abbreviated instrumental breaks by several of the band's star players, including Dave Tough, who was famous for his reluctance to take drum solos. Three fine big-band instrumentals were recorded at the same session: "That Stolen Melody" by Fred Fisher, "Barcarolle" by Jacques Offenbach, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Hymn to the Sun." About one month later, Edythe Wright and Dorsey's Clambake Seven returned to the Victor recording studios to wax four swinging renditions of romantic Tin Pan Alley marzipans. The session concluded with two more Wright vocals backed by the big band and "Are All My Favorite Big Bands Playing or Am I Dreaming?," a hilariously bizarre pastiche of sound effects and cornball novelty licks accompanying Bud Freeman as he recites wistful lyrics in a theatrical British accent. Interestingly, this sounds a lot like a premonition of "The Wrong Idea," that ruthless send-up of big-band gimmickry that Charlie Barnet would record more than two years later during the autumn of 1939.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/1998
Label: Melodie Jazz Classic
UPC: 3307517099525
catalogNumber: 995

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Bud Freeman   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Pee Wee Erwin   Trumpet
Johnny Mince   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Howard Smith   Piano
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Mike Doty   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jenkins   Trombone
Jack Leonard   Vocals
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Fred Stulce   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Dave Tough   Drums
Gene Traxler   Bass
Andrew Ferretti   Trumpet
Joe Bauer   Trumpet
Tony Antonelli   Tenor Saxophone
Edythe Wright   Vocals

Technical Credits

Deane Kincaide   Arranger
Ray Davies   Composer
Red Bone   Arranger
Tommy Dorsey   Arranger,Director
Carmen Mastren   Arranger
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
Anatol Schenker   Liner Notes
Nat Madison   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer

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